Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is to be allowed to leave the Serie A champions this summer, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato.
The report claims that, after completing the costly signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Higuain is no longer needed to lead the Juve attack.
They say that means that the Old Lady have put the Argentine hitman, who has scored 55 goals in 105 games for the Serie A champions, up for sale for €55m (£48.6m) and are actively looking to offload him.
The report names Chelsea as a side with interest in the former Real Madrid man, who shone under Maurizio Sarri – the man who looks set to be the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge – during their one season together at Napoli.
The way that Chelsea’s managerial muddle has dragged on over the World Cup has put more pressure on them to do strong summer business in the closing stages of the transfer window.
It has also put more pressure on Sarri to come in and hit the ground running because of the limited time he will have to work with his new squad of players, so bringing in someone he knows so well and has enjoyed success with before should help him do that.
Just as Conte wanted his own frontman, bringing in Alvaro Morata, Sarri will want the same as Chelsea search for potency in the post-Costa era and landing him now he’s available can only help.